The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for southwesterly parts of WA, with damaging winds predicted.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
for DAMAGING WINDS
For people in the Lower West, South West, South Coastal, Great Southern and parts of the Central West, South East Coastal and Central Wheat Belt districts.
Issued at 3:44 am Monday, 14 August 2017.
A strong cold front with a sustained period of showers and strong and gusty westerly winds in the wake of the front will affect southwestern parts of the State during Monday.
The weather system is likely to cause WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS to 100 kilometres per hour over the remainder the warning area during Monday. These winds could result in DAMAGE TO HOMES AND PROPERTY.
In isolated areas DANGEROUS GUSTS in excess of 125 kilometres per hour are possible and could cause SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION TO HOMES AND PROPERTY. The worst of these conditions are most likely southwest of a line from Busselton to Hopetoun during Monday morning.
Severe winds are possible in the Perth Metropolitan and are expected to continue to around midday Monday.
Damaging surf conditions are likely which could cause beach erosion between Geraldton and Albany.
Conditions will ease from the west from midday Monday, though gusty showers will continue for the remainder of the day.
Moderate to heavy falls are possible with showers and thunderstorms as the system moves through. A Flood Watch is current for the South West and Lower West districts, for further details please refer to http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/.
Locations which may be affected include Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Esperance, Katanning, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Moora, Mount Barker, Narrogin, Northam and Perth.
A wind gust to 109 kilometres per hour was recorded at Cape Leeuwin at 2:58am WST Monday.
A wind gust to 107 kilometres per hour was recorded at Cape Naturaliste at 11:09pm WST Sunday.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:
* If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
* Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
* Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
* If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
* Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
* Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
* Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
* Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
* Assess your home, car and property for damage.
* If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
* If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AWST Monday.
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 213. The Bureau and Department of Fire and Emergency Services would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.